The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” Tom Clancy


Ladies Home Journal is sponsoring at Personal Essay Contest.  Submit your essay of no more than 2,000 words on the topic of the day that changed your life by December 7, 2012 for a chance at the $3,000 first prize, plus publication in an issue of LHJ. No fee to enter. Find all the details here.


The First Line is a quarterly magazine that publishes stories that all begin with the same first line — the line changes from issue to issue. Currently, the editors are accepting stories that begin with the line “Sometimes, when it’s quiet, I can remember what my life was like before moving to Cedar Springs.” Send your stories, 300 to 3,000 words, by November 1, 2012. For more information click here.


Columbus Creative Cooperative is accepting submissions for its upcoming anthology, 13. All stories must deal in some way with the number thirteen. The editors are open to fiction in any genre, between 1 and 10,000 words, though their preferred word count is 3,500 to 7,000 words. Stories should be rated PG-13. The deadline for submissions is November 2. Find all the details here.


Still Moments Publishing is looking for stories for an upcoming anthology, Operation Classified. Send your romances with a Navy, Air Force, Army, Police or Firefighter Hero or Heroine. Stories may be 5,000 to 15,000 words, from sweet to sensual. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012. Get the details here.


I have some Advanced Review Copies of my December women’s fiction, The View From Here and I’m looking for bloggers/reviewers who’d be willing to read the book and review it and help spread the word by posting on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. If you’re interested, drop me a line at with your contact info, link to your blog or other reviews you’ve done and why you’d like to have a copy of the book. Thanks!